Placement Assessments

STCC is committed to the academic success of all entering students. The college develops an Entrance Assessment Review to provide every student with proper advising and to promote retention. The Entrance Assessment Review is used to evaluate student competency in reading, writing, mathematics, and keyboard skills and aids STCC students and advisors in planning an appropriate course of study. This testing is required before registering for classes. No credit is awarded based on entrance assessments.

  • All incoming students matriculating in degree, certificate, or certificate of completion programs will complete the entrance assessment before registering for classes. If the results reveal a need for a stronger foundation in vital academic skills, students will be directed to appropriate developmental courses and support services.
  • Students whose reviews indicate a need to further develop skills in reading, writing, mathematics, or keyboard skills must complete appropriate developmental courses designated to prepare students to succeed in college-level programs. Completion of developmental coursework may extend the time required to complete a degree or certificate program.


Exemptions may apply to:

  1. Students transferring equivalent college-level coursework into STCC from an accredited post-secondary institution; course transfer requires a grade of “C-” or better.
  2. High school graduates with a cumulative high school GPA of 2.7 earned within the past three years (for math exemption) or the past ten years (for reading and writing exemptions) (effective for new STCC students beginning in the Fall 0f 2019 or later)
  3. HiSET earners with a score of 15 or higher earned within the past three years (effective for new STCC students beginning in the Fall of 2020 or later) will be placed into college-level Math and English.
  4. GED earners with a score of 165 or higher earned within the past three years (effective for new STCC students beginning in the Fall of 2020 or later) will be placed into college-level Math and English.
  5. Students transferring Accuplacer scores from another institution (scores must be two years old or less, and students should request that they be submitted to the Testing and Assessment Center in a sealed envelope).
  6. Students having mathematics, English writing, reading, or keyboard skills examination scores on STCC Entrance Assessments which are two years old or less.
  7. Students who have completed coursework in English, reading, and mathematics at STCC, with a grade level of C- or better.

Testing Process

During these difficult and uncertain times, STCC faculty and staff have worked together to develop a new testing process.  Students that need to complete the STCC Entrance Assessment will do the following:


The Testing and Assessment staff will provide a link to an online placement test (on the MyOpenMath platform, accessible on computers or mobile devices)  Upon completion of the tests, which have been prepared by the Math department, the Testing Center staff will download the student's scores and determine placements based on cutoff scores determined by the Math department.


Students may choose between the following two methods for English placement.

Method 1: Placement is based on a cumulative high school GPA. For those without a high school GPA, an essay will be required. An English faculty will determine writing and reading placement.

Method 2: A Testing Center staff person will send test results and a self-assessment grid with instructions to each student. The student will then choose the English course they feel is appropriate and discuss their selected course with their academic advisor when they register for classes. Please see the Directed Self-Placement page for more details.


Students taking a CMP class or a class with a basic keyboarding prerequisite will need to take the keyboard placement. Students with a high school GPA higher than 2.7 are exempt from keyboard placement.


Students who feel that their placement assessment results do not accurately reflect their skill level in a particular area (reading, writing, math, and/or keyboarding) may request a retest. Students must wait at least five (5) calendar days before retesting, to allow ample time for students to prepare for the retest, and only one retest per subject area will be allowed. The college will consider a student’s highest placement result (whether the original result or the retest result) when determining the student’s placement level. 

Preparing for your Assessments

Most students tell us that they wished they had been better prepared for their placement assessments. The following resources will help you prepare, so that the results of your assessments will accurately reflect your skill levels.